Despite the many years I have been visiting Mablethorpe, I can quite honestly say I had never heard of the Bathing Beauties Festival which seems quite a shame really considering the atmosphere that I experienced at this recent event
Going back a few months, I saw a Shout Out via The DesignFactory website for a commission inspired by the Lincolnshire coast. Always one for a challenge I decided to put in a proposal. They were looking for 10 artists to rise to the challenge. When I was emailed with the news that I had been selected, I was delighted.
On the Saturday morning it was quite overcast but that wasn't to last. I spent the morning with my son exploring the delights of Mablethorpe. It is one of my favourite coastal destinations it epitomizes the traditional delights of the british seaside; lovely expanse of clean beach, an area for catching crabs and such like, donkey's, a mini fun fair, slot machine and trinket shops. However as it was the Bathing Beauty weekend, things looked slightly different. All the beachhuts were a hive of activity, each one had a stall outside either a carboot or a jumble table.
Outside the main area of the town on the esplanade were a selection of professional stands which included many continental businesses selling their wares. I bought some nougat from France, admired the bratwurst from Germany and finally bought some coconut macaroons from Devon. Other interesting features I came across were these sand people.
|Some of the commissions on diesplay|
|Action Man is in the buildin|
During the afternoon, I showed a number of children how to create an origami windmill which they then turned into a fun badge, I pointed people in the direction of the exhibition and shared a box of samples for them to explore.
As I watched the afternoon come to a close I was yet again to be entertained by the clip-clop of a band of donkeys as the plodded by. What a hoot!
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